Slow For No Good Reason

“Caleb said: ‘Let’s go up at once ..’ But the men said: ‘We are not able to go.'” Numbers 13

All of a sudden the interstate was a parking lot. From 70 miles per hour to a standstill. For twenty minutes we crawled. The first thing you do is wonder what happened. Is there an accident? Why are we going so slow?

There was a fire engine in the break-down lane. Otherwise the road was clear. There had been an accident, but apparently it was some time ago. There was no debris on the highway. as soon as traffic came to the point where the fire engine was everyone accelerated back up to 70 mph again. Why were we going so slow? There had been a good reason; but there wasn’t a good reason any more.

The Israelites were out of Egypt and headed for the Promised Land. Why not just go there now? That’s what Caleb was saying. There is no good reason to wander around for forty years! But wander they did … because they were afraid.

We don’t suggest making haste foolishly; but what is slowing you down? What is keeping you from the embrace of God’s love? Don’t speed recklessly; but don’t miss the blessing for no good reason.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.